I avoided competing at Derby Festival - due to bad weather, again! It seems that we can't escape the rain this summer. Bow has a few showing appointments this month, which I am really looking forward to.
Talisker Dearg Mhor will be returning home 8th June to enjoy some PUK qualifiers with her owner, and to give me a little break. I have really enjoyed breaking this pony in, starting her ridden schooling work and qualifying her for three different championships this year in just two outings. I find it very rewarding to ride novice ponies and watch them prosper with their owners/ new homes. Having Hope was a delight, especially whilst I have been waiting for Bow to hurry up and grow up!!
Mullagh Sunrise (Maizey) was also going to return home this month but her owner decided to advertise her for sale on Tuesday 10th, after I confirmed that I needed a summer break. I had several people trying to buy her over the phone but Lauren Campion was the first to secure a vetting. Lauren rode her beautifully when she came to try her and took her home on Thursday 12th. A huge good luck to Lauren; I will be calling in to the Mrs Candy stand at shows for regular updates and I hope she matches your results with Ruby - I would love to Maizey come down the centre line at HOYS in similar style!! I really enjoy giving babies a start to their education and showing career and both Hope and Maizey have given me a lovely start to the 2014 season. Thank you to Lyn Templey for allowing me to loan Maizey for the start of the 2014 season!!
Talisker Bow Bells had an outing on 15th to Hanlith Hall Show. We had a super day!! Bow won a strong Highland, Dales and Fell class and went on to take overall Mountain and Moorland Champion of the 9 M&M classes. He also stood 2nd in the Dun inhand class and reserve champion of the dun classes. We did not stay for the supreme as it was at the end of all ridden classes; however, we were delighted with 7 rosettes, 2 trophies and 2 sashes for a day's work!! (See photos below!) I also had the wonderful news delivered that Talisker Dearg Mhor won her PUK Confined Novice class and stood reserve champion at her show, ridden by Lauren Campion.
I also had an exciting surprise this month, too - I made a little appearance in Horse and Hound in a showing article, and I also featured in Horse Magazine in an article on Rising Stars. My own work also featured in the same issue, which was really rewarding to see. I was also interviewed by Showing World Magazine for the In The Spotlight article and it was lovely to read the article when it arrived in the post! It was great to see the Equilibrium Amateur Rising Stars Competition promoted in the article.
Talisker Bow Bells went to his second show this month at Derby County. I was delighted with how well he behaved with a very busy showground. He certainly was popular with the public and endured lots of stroking and posing for photos. He came home with a 1st and a 2nd and was eligible for the supreme championship; however, due to the intense heat we decided to call it a day. He was very tired the next day and I caught him sleeping away in his field - video on my Youtube page. Bow is going to enjoy July and August in his field being a baby now.
I also bumped into two of my ROR friends who came to my clinic in April - much to my delight they were placed 1st and 2nd in a huge TARRA class! Photos below. I also received a lovely phone call at the end of the month from Chantal Wooten who told me that her lovely boy Purple Moon won the ROR Hickstead Derby Final Flat section! I was delighted to hear this news!!! Well done!!